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  • Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal)

    Real Property Administration (Assessment and Appraisal)

Program Code:RPA
Campus:Newnham
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Real Property Administration Diploma program will develop the expertise to become a highly versatile and in-demand professional in the property valuation and property tax sectors.

A content-rich curriculum is delivered by industry experts whose goal is your success. Your learning will be enriched through training using leading-edge industry technology and techniques, practical experience, and is enhanced by established strategic industry partnerships.

This intensive, hands-on program offers university-level courses. Accountability, responsibility, proficiency in time management, attention to detail, diligence and hard work along with good verbal and written communication skills are required in order to meet industry-prescribed standards. The ability to work effectively both in teams and independently is also essential to succeed in this program.

You will develop expertise in all aspects of property valuation – in both the property appraisal and property assessment fields, including all aspects of the property assessment system, the assessment appeals process, and property tax calculation and administration.

Note: This is not a real estate agent or property management program and will not be suited to individuals interested in becoming real estate agents or property managers.

Field Placements

Fieldwork is an integral element of your program, providing a way to integrate classroom learning in to real industry situations – honing your skills and helping you build a network of contacts ahead of graduation. You'll benefit from two field placements with practitioners in the real property valuation and property taxation industries. This component is critical to your success and a requirement to graduate.

To be eligible for Field Placement I, you must successfully complete the full curriculum in semesters one and two. To be eligible for Field Placement II, you must successfully complete the full curriculum in semesters one, two and three.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Note:

  • Although not required for admission, basic computer skills and strong English communication skills (verbal, written and listening) are recommended for your success in the program.

Fees

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Your Career

As graduate from the RPA program you can find employment opportunities within the property valuation and property taxation industries in both the public and private sector. Graduates are often sought-after by property assessment agencies, property appraisal firms, property tax agent firms, municipal government tax departments, leasing agents and corporate property tax offices across Canada.

Professional Accreditation

Your career advantage will be enhanced through the portability and recognition of the Seneca diploma in assessment jurisdictions across Canada.

As a graduate of the RPA program, along with meeting certain minimum grade requirements, you'll receive credits towards both the Associate Member Institute of Municipal Assessors (AIMA) and Member Institute of Municipal Assessors (MIMA) designations with the Institute of Municipal Assessors. Additionally, you’ll receive credits toward both the Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA) and Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designations with the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

Note: To be a fully accredited appraiser with the Appraisal Institute of Canada, you are required to possess a four-year university degree.

Industry Recognition

The value and quality of the RPA program across industry can be seen through the extensive list of awards supported by practitioners, professional associations, organizations and employers. Award recognition acknowledges excellence and competencies including, academic performance, attendance, participation, in-class contribution, and extra-curricular involvement.

Affiliations/Associations

Upon successful completion of the RPA program, along with meeting certain minimum grade requirements, you'll receive a Certificate in Real Property Assessment awarded by the Real Estate Division of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia – in addition to the Real Property Administration Diploma awarded by Seneca College.

Seneca's partnership with various industry organizations ensures you will receive valuable industry training and education in the form of curriculum material, workshops and presentations. Program partners include the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), the Assessment Review Board (ARB), the Institute of Municipal Assessors (IMA), the Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association (OMTRA), the Canadian Property Tax Association (CPTA), and the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC).

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Toronto

University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major

Ontario

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts

Canada

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Management
• Bachelor of Commerce
University of British Columbia• Certificate in Real Property Assessment (CRPA)
• Bachelor of Business in Real Estate (BBRE)

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
RPA106 Introduction to Computer Software Applications 1
RPA112 The Appraisal of Real Estate 4
RPA115 Mortgage Underwriting 3
RPA120 Principles of Microeconomics 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
RPA206 Advanced Computer Software Applications 3
RPA207 Introduction to Real Estate Law 3
RPA210 Municipal Tax Administration 3
RPA212 Real Estate Investment Analysis and Advanced Income Appraisal 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CSP201 Communication Skills for Public Administration 3
RPA303 Planning and Urban Development 3
RPA304 Advanced Real Property Assessment I 3
RPA306 Construction and Cost Techniques 3
RPA307 Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation 4
FPL355 Field Placement I
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
RPA426 Income Properties 4
RPA413 Assessment Appeals 3
RPA415 Professional Issues in the Assessment Industry 3
RPA422 Residential Data Collection 5
FPL455 Field Placement II

Prior learning experience may be recognized by way of a challenge exam or through documentation of related experience.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Spreadsheet Analysis
The Appraisal of Real Estate
Mortgage Underwriting
Principles of Microeconomics
General Education Option
 
Semester 2
Canadian Real Property Law and Real Estate Ethics
Automated Costing
Municipal Tax Administration
Real Estate Investment Analysis and Advanced Income Appraisal
General Education Option
 
Semester 3
Communication Skills for Public Administration
Planning and Urban Development
Advanced Real Property Assessment I
Construction and Cost Techniques
Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation
Field Placement I
General Education Option
 
Semester 4
Assessment Appeals
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Professional Issues in the Assessment Industry
Residential Data Collection
Income Properties
Field Placement II

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
admissions@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Salaha Fatima
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22081
Salaha.Fatima@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aleksandra Sasin
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22471
Aleksandra.Sasin@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Mark Leavens
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26390
Mark.Leavens@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
Wanda.Forsythe@senecacollege.ca

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